Monthly Archives: July 2007

Stairway to the Urban Hideaway


My “little” brother lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada map of B.C.and I never see him enough and years pass between our visits. This year he was here twice, the first time in April when he landscaped my parent’s front and back flower gardens. Three times people stopped to ask for his business card which was a great honour actually since he isn’t a landscaper and “only” plays around with it because he loves doing it.

Actually he and his significant other run a B&B in B.C. called the Urban Hideaway and the website is Its a busy spot.  They have met so many interesting people from around the world who have stayed at their Inn and enjoyed the wonderful place, location and hospitality.  He isn’t a carpenter either but looking at the pictures of his place with the wood floors and staircases and ALL the rest of the renovations he’s done you would wonder about that too!  I think there may be some Finnish influence in the house as well. 

The B&B is an 1800s Traveller’s Inn in B.C. amongst all the skyscrapers in downtown Vancouver. He built a large balcony at the back and his gardening skills and green thumb show an abandance of flowers and plants that you can’t imagine could grow like they do. Its like a wonderful, magical place. It is only a 15 minute walk from Stanley Park on the ocean. If you ever go that way…stop and stay a while and tell him hello from his “big” sister.



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Two thoughts “I” wanted to share..

  they aren’t my originals…

“Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind”.

“You can’t change the past but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future”. 

 So true?


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Woven Labels

CranberryBlossom Woven Labels

I looked all over the web for a company that made woven labels because I wanted to have Cranberry Blossom on them to sew on my totes and bags. I came across Charm Woven Labels , placed my order and was so happy to receive them so quickly. Their prices are very competitive and the ordering process and service is very user friendly. If you are looking for labels check out their great selection. Let me know how you made out if you do.

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Recipe for a Good Life

Take a couple of whole months, clean them thoroughly of all Bitterness, Rumors, Hate and Jealousy; in other words, make them as fresh and as clean as possible. Now cut each month into 28, 30 or 31 different parts…

But don’t make up the whole batch at once..
Instead prepare it One Day At A Time.

Mix well each day:

One part of Faith,
One of Patience,
One of Courage,
One of Work,

Add one part each of:


Blend with:

One part Prayer,
One part Meditation
Good Deeds.

Season the whole with:

a dash of Good Spirit,
a sprinkle of Fun,
a pinch of Play
a cupful of Good Humor.

Pour all of this into a Vessel Of Love,

Cook thoroughly over Radiant Joy

Garnish with Smiles
serve with Quietness, Unselfishness and Cheerfulness

And you are bound to have a Happy Life.

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Flowers Refreshed After a Summer Rain

Dahlias in the garden..

Pansies have such happy faces all summer long…they sit and they dance with the breezes.

Dahlias showing their strength..


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Banana Bread with Walnuts and Sour Cream

Banana Bread with Walnuts and Sour Cream

Our banana bread turned out so delish! The sour cream helped make it so moist. We had 4 bananas and baked 2 of them. Because they freeze well we decided to put one into the freezer…otherwise…it would have all gone into the tummy!

Check out my site for the Banana Bread recipe.. There are other yummies there as well!

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Rockledge Beach Pig Roast


Yesterday was the Rockledge Beach Pig Roast…just a couple of doors down from us. They put the pig on the handmade (by one of the attendees) bbq spit made from an old oil drum and it was placed on a sort of wagon with tires. The pig weighed approximately 175 lbs. and there was certainly enough for the 143 people who had signed up. Everyone brought a dish to pass as well so there was quite a selection. I love a potluck.

A large tent had been set up the day before and friends started arriving along the beach the night before all with appetites ready to go I think…s*. The weather held up…there was a nice gentle breeze…margarittas were made and sampled and then the pig and 2 turkeys were all ready for dinner. Yummy!

You can see from the before eating and after eating pictures of the bbq how good the meat was! Fireworks were let off after dusk and everyone seemed to be having such a nice time…

We brought a dish to pass….it is an Orzo Salad. Its very simple to make and oh so yum. This is the recipe.


Orzo Salad

1 8-oz package of Orzo

1-2 large tomatoes, cut into small pieces

green pepper cut into small pieces

orange pepper, cut into small pieces

1/2 cup chopped onion

small can corn, 2 celery stalks cut into smaller pieces

roasted red pepper – about 8 of them chopped smaller

sundried tomatoes – about 8 of them chopped smaller

sprinkles of parmesan cheese

Italian Dressing – approx. 1/2 large jar (add per your taste)

Just cook the Orzo as per instructions on package. Meanwhile dice and cut up the veggies. Drain the Orzo and add the vegetables, parmesan cheese and toss with the Italian Dressing. Let it sit in the fridge for about 6 hours until it is nicely chilled and the flavours have all combined.

It looks so fresh and pretty and is light to eat. It is a very versatile recipe really and you could add more or less as you like….we decided that olives and cucumber would be great in it also. Try it….

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